Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

The last farewell to Janusz Rewiński. Who came to the funeral?

“The farewell that wasn't supposed to be. On June 1, Dad fought a battle with his health. Unfortunately, this time he didn't make it” – Jonasz Rewiński, the son of the legendary actor, announced on social media.

Holy Mass for Janusz Rewiński was celebrated in the church of Our Lady of the Angels in Radość. The actor was buried at the local parish cemetery.

So far, there were no famous actors or famous politicians among the mourners.

Janusz Rewiński was born on September 16, 1949 in Żary. Before he thought about a television career, he graduated from the Aircraft Engine Construction Technical School. There he met a Polish teacher who instilled in him a love of literature and art. In 1972, he graduated from the Acting Department of the State Drama School in Krakow.

He started ambitiously – while still a student, he performed at Piwnica Pod Baranami. Later he went to Poznań, where he collaborated with Zenon Laskowik in the Tey cabaret. Although their paths soon diverged, he had great respect for his former stage partner. He even said that he learned more from Laskowik than at theater school.

Finally, Rewiński got to Warsaw. There, he was noticed by Olga Lipińska, who invited him to her cabaret. Then the cinema asked for him. He made his screen debut in 1983 with the film “It's Only Rock”. During the next decade, he regularly appeared in films and series. We could admire it, among others: in “The Travels of Mr. Kleks”, “The Abduction of Agatha” or the series “Pierścień i Róża” and “Zmiennicy”.

In 1997, Rewiński got a role that permanently marked him in the history of Polish cinematography. In the film “Kiler” Juliusz Machulski played Stefan “Siara” Siarzewski, a gangster and businessman with a penchant for vulgarity. “Siara” is today a cult figure, and his quotes from his dialogues have entered everyday language.

The peak of the actor's career occurred at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century. In the series “Tigers of Europe”, Rewiński played Edward Nowak, who was a smuggler during communism, and later a businessman. Thanks to his contacts and not always clean dealings, he found himself on the list of the richest Poles. . The satire on the nouveau riche was extremely popular among viewers.

He last appeared on screen in a comedy “Lynx” in 2007.

In the early 1990s, at the instigation of the editors of the “Pan” magazine, he founded, together with Krzysztof Piasecki and Bohdan Smolen, the Polish Party of Beer Friends. The party, which was initially created as a joke, quickly found many supporters and even took part in the elections.

The Polish Party of Beer Friends won 3.27% of the votes (tenth result out of 111 electoral committees), which allowed the party to introduce… 16 MPs to the Sejm.

Shortly after the elections, however, the party split into two camps, which led to its end. In 2007, activists associated with Leszek Bubel began trying to re-register PPPP, but without success.